December 2, 2013

Common Core and College Acceptance

There is fear that the federal government could adjust how they measure  test results under Common Core but that does not mean a college must adjust how they determine who to accept. Today, your child already must meet certain standards not decided by parents.

I agree the acceptance into college should not be decided by the government but rather the school should decide. Common Core is a recommended curriculum fostered by the federal government and surely it will evolve into one measure of a child's acceptability to get into college.

I don't see what is wrong with this. We live in a competitive world and common core helps us understand how we are doing. I find burying ones head in the sand does not solve problems.

There is a major flaw in comparing our nations results relative to most other nations. In our country the primary source of funding primary and secondary education is property taxes. In most other nations the primary source for funding education is some form of national tax where funds are distributed on a per pupil basis.

The result is in our country the child living in a poor community is provided fewer resources for education than a child living in a wealthier community. In most other countries the amount of funds provided to educate a child is not determined by the wealth of his/her parents. This results in better "average scores" in other countries like Finland, South Korea and Poland. Here is a 50 second video clip saying it all.... http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4475483

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